Black. White. Straight lines. In the right hands, these basic elements can be combined to create a kitchen that's quite striking, but still nuanced. Borrowing the diamond-shaped detail from the transom windows, the cabinet doors—in an understated pairing, I'd like to point out, rather than an unfettered, copy-and-paste run—set the sophisticated tone of the kitchen. The harlequin-patterned backsplash steps up the rhythm of the room. gregnatale.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.